St Mirren boss compares Ange Postecoglou's Celtic to Brendan Rodgers' Invincibles

By John McGinley

September 17, 2022

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson has dished out some high praise regarding the current state of Celtic, noting the differences in style but the similarities in quality with Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles side.

Rodgers’ team remarkably became invincible treble winners in the 2016/17 season, making Scottish football history, before extending their unbeaten domestic run well into his second year. Ange Postecoglou doesn’t quite have that record under his belt but his team are playing blistering football and haven’t been beaten in the Scottish Premiership for close to a full calendar year.

Robinson felt the force of the Rodgers team up close as manager of Motherwell and reckons facing Postecoglou’s Bhoys is just as difficult a task.

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As quoted by The Scottish Sun [17/09 print edition, page 68], the Buddies boss said: “We lost two cup finals to Brendan’s Invincibles so I’m unlikely to forget that. But while there are similarities to the current team, there’s also a different approach and tempo.

“Rodgers’ Celtic controlled the play for longer and had a really patient build-up, while Ange’s team has a lot of energy and pace and hurt you getting in behind you. I wouldn’t say one’s better than the other, they are equally good but give you different problems.

“They have been superb. They are non-stop and their energy levels are incredible. They also deserve better results in Europe from the performances they have put in so far. So this is a tough test for us, but our boys have been magnificent since I came in and they will all be up for this one.”

I think Robinson’s assessment is fair. These are two entirely different squads with different strengths and weaknesses. However, one thing does link the two eras – Celtic are relentless in both.

Hopefully, we see more of that on display in Paisley tomorrow despite Robinson’s assertion that his team will be up for the challenge. Let’s give him another performance he won’t forget in a hurry.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou predicts elite-level breakthrough for Celtic.